Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 14 of 119
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Subsequently, in 1S42, instructions were given for the informal renewal
of the negotiations which, not having been met by a reciprocal action on
the part of the United States, were, in August last, again withdrawn, and
the attention of the Government of Texas directed to the objects calculated,
in its opinion, to secure its safety and advance its prosperity, for the
attainment of which reasonable assurances had been received. Afterwards,
on the 16th of October last, the proposition for the formation of a treaty
of annexation was made by this Government, through the late Secretary
of State, Mr. Upshur, to the Government of Texas. At that time, no arrangement
having been concluded inconsistent with such a step, and the
Congress having expressed their approbation of the measure, and every
expression of public sentiment fully indicating that the people of Texas
were yet desirous to consummate a measure believed to be promotive of
the mutual welfare of both countries, and without which, from motives
of policy or necessity, they might be compelled to adopt measures which,
it is to be feared, would engender a feeling of unfriendly rivalship, productive
of discord and strife, and dangerous to their mutual peace and
quiet, the President of Texas determined to accede to the proposition, and
accordingly empowered the undersigned to adjust the terms of the treaty
The undersigned have the most abiding confidence, that, should the annexation
be consummated, the same will receive the hearty and full concurrence
of the people of Texas. And believing that the fate of this
treaty, be the decision whatever it may, will forever decide the question of
annexation, a question the continued agitation of which has prevented
their Government from pursuing rigorously any other policy, they feel the
highest gratification that this opportunity has thus been offered. They
will not anticipate nor speculate upon the consequences of a rejection.
Satisfied, however, that the language, institutions, and locality of the two
countries have fitted them for becoming members of the same great political
family, or fated them to a conflict of interest, which may result in evil
consequences, they trust that it may be so determined as to secure the
blessings of liberty to both, and promote the happiness of mankind.
Upon the subject of the public lands, the undersigned submit a summary
statement, made from a late report of the Commissioner of the General
Land Office to the President of Texas.
He estimates the aggregate at - - - - 203,520,000
Lands appropriated --. 67,408,673
Remainder unappropriated - 136,111,327
In a report of a committee of the House of Representatives of the Congress
of Texas, made to that body on the 12th of January, 1841, the debt
and liabilities of the Republic are stated to be as follows:
Funded debt, bearing 10 per cent. interest -- 1,650,000
Bonds sold and pledged, bearing 10 per cent. interest - 1,350,000
Treasury notes without interest 3,000,000
Debts of various descriptions, say audited drafts and other
claims without interest - - - - 1,000,000
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